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Gunman’s Walk, Land Raiders & A Man Called Sledge

Germany's Explosive Media company has a serious itch for American westerns, and they have a trio of new releases. One is a minor Hollywood classic with major graces, from the late 1950s. A second sees an American producer based in England filming in Italy with a rising international star, and for the third an established American star goes European  to stay in the game. The best thing for Yankee buyers? The discs are Region-free.

Gunman's Walk, Land Raiders, A Man Called Sledge Three Westerns from Explosive Media Blu-ray Separate Releases 1958-1970 / Color Starring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter; George Maharis, Telly Savalas; James Garner

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The majority of American studios now choose not to market their libraries for digital disc, and license them out instead. Collectors unwilling to settle for whatever's on Netflix or concerned about the permanence of Cloud Cinema, find themselves increasingly tempted by discs from Europe,
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Harryhausen Sinbad Films On The Big Screen, New Beverly Cinema, December 20-21, L.A.

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If you live in the Los Angeles area, the New Beverly Cinema is presenting a Ray Harryhausen Sinbad tribute on Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21, 2013. First up is the 40th anniversary showing of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad which was released in the States in April 1974. Directed by Gordon Hessler, the film co-stars John Phillip Law as Sinbad, Caroline Munro as Margiana, and Tom Baker as Koura. Note: Mr. Hessler is scheduled to appear personally at the Friday showing, as is Paul Maslansky who was a unit manager on 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts.

Kerwin Matthews stars as the titular hero in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, released here in December 1958. Along for the ride are Kathryn Grant as Princess Parisa, Richard Eyer as The Genie, and Torin Thatcher as Sokurah the Magician.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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Sliff 2013 – Ray Harryhausen Tribute Friday Night

Cinema St. Louis presents, as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), a special evening dedicated to the late special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. The event will take place on Friday November 15th beginning at 7pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium.

It’s a double bill of the new documentary Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, one of Harryhausen’s showcase masterpieces. One ticket price covers both films.

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) plays at 7:00pm and follows legendary Sinbad the Sailor (Kerwin Mathews) and his betrothed, Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), as they tussle with evil magician Sokurah both in Baghdad and on the island of Colossa. The film includes several iconic Harryhausen creations: the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton. TV Guide calls the film “one of the greatest
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Ray Harryhausen Tribute at The St. Louis International Film Festival November 15th

Cinema St. Louis presents, as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), a special evening dedicated to the late special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. The event will take place on Friday November 15th beginning at 7pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium.

It’s a double bill of the new documentary Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, one of Harryhausen’s showcase masterpieces. One ticket price covers both films.

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) plays at 7:00pm and follows legendary Sinbad the Sailor (Kerwin Mathews) and his betrothed, Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), as they tussle with evil magician Sokurah both in Baghdad and on the island of Colossa. The film includes several iconic Harryhausen creations: the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton. TV Guide calls the film “one of the greatest
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Bob Hope House For Sale at $27.5 Million

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Bob Hope House For Sale at $27.5 Million
Dolores Hope wanted to live in Beverly Hills, but her funnyman husband, Bob Hope, had other ideas. "Every time I mentioned Beverly Hills, Bob would go out and buy another piece of property here," Dolores would say, waving a hand to indicate the vast spread that the two of them inhabited in the San Fernando Valley's Toluca Lake starting in 1939. Eventually the grounds surrounding their English-style manor swelled to 5.16 acres, and the family grew to include four children. The house grew, too, to 15,000 sq. ft., leaving Bob to joke that he needed a map just to find the way to his room.
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American Cinematheque’s Ray Harryhausen Tribute

American Cinematheque’s Ray Harryhausen Tribute
Fans of Ray Harryhausen came to pay their respects to the filmmaking titan at last night’s Day 1 of American Cinematheque’s tribute to the stop-motion wizard. At the classic, old-time Aero Theater in Santa Monica, people came far and wide to get a double dose of Sinbad.

Before the screening, I perused the wonderful collection of Ray Harryhausen’s very own art, showcasing many original signed copies, featuring Sinbad, Jason, Ymir, centaurs, and cyclops… all of Harryhausen’s movie monsters and heroes that made it to the big screen with his vivid imagination. The collection came courtesy of the great Art Kandy, an organization that has all the artwork up for sale, ranging from $75 to $2,100. You can check some of the pieces in the gallery below.

For me, this was a unique experience. I had never seen a Ray Harryhausen film projected on the big screen, limited to my
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Andrei Rublev, My Fair Lady, The Lost World Screenings

Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev Andrei Tarkovsky, Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow Movies: Packard Campus May 2012 Schedule Friday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) Solaris (Magna, 1972) An alien intelligence infiltrates a space mission. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. With Natalya Bondarchuk and Donatas Banionis. Sci-fi psychological drama. Black & White and color, 167 min. In Russian and German with English subtitles. Saturday, April 28 (7:30 p.m.) To Kill A Mockingbird (Universal, 1962) A Southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape, and tries to explain the proceedings to his children. Directed by Robert Mulligan. With Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters and Robert Duvall. Drama. Black & white, 129 min. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1995. Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.) The Little Giant (Warner Bros., 1933) A Chicago beer magnate about to lose his business with the repeal of Prohibition, moves to California and tries to join society's upper crust, but his gangster origins prove tough to shake.
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DVD Playhouse--March 2012

DVD Playhouse—March 2012

By Allen Gardner

J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Director Clint Eastwood provides a rock-solid, albeit rather flat portrait of polarizing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, covering his life from late teens to his death. Leonardo DiCaprio does an impressive turn as Hoover, never crossing the line into caricature, and creating a Hoover that is all too human, making for an all the more unsettling look at absolute power run amuck. Where the film stumbles is the love story at its core: Hoover’s relationship with longtime aide Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). In the hands of an openly-gay director like Gus Van Sant, this could have been a heartbreaking, tender story of forbidden (unrequited?) love, but Eastwood seems to tiptoe around their romance, with far too much delicacy and deference. The film works well when recreating the famous crimes and investigations which Hoover made his name on (the Lindbergh kidnapping,
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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Edition of James Stewart’s ‘Anatomy of a Murder’

Chicago – Otto Preminger’s “Anatomy of a Murder” is a film that certainly still entertains modern audiences but should best be considered in light of when it came out in theaters. In 1959, courtroom dramas weren’t nearly as prevalent as they are in the era of “Law & Order” and discussions of rape and murder were not yet common in film. It may be hard for young audiences to believe but this spectacular film truly pushed the envelope of what could be done in a film like it and creatively succeeded in every way.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Instead of going with the censorship that faced the movie (it was even banned in Chicago for some time), the country and the industry embraced “Anatomy of a Murder” and the movie was nominated for seven Oscars, including Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for James Stewart and Best Supporting Actor for George C. Scott (losing
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Tab Hunter Turns 80: Ride The Wild Surf, Battle Cry on TCM

Tab Hunter turns 80 today. In his honor, Turner Classic Movies is showing five of his films. The first of the batch, Phil Karlson's Western Gunman's Walk, is on right now. Hunter and The Time Tunnel's James Darren play rancher Van Heflin's sons. Next is Ride the Wild Surf, starring Hunter and teen idol Fabian as a couple of dudes riding waves in Hawaii. Featuring some cool surfing footage and tons of corny dialogue, Ride the Wild Surf is a guilty pleasure. In his highly readable autobiography, Tab Hunter: Confidential, Hunter says his brother Walt — a former surfer — was his inspiration for the role. (Not that Hunter actually had to do any surfing.) He adds that director Don Taylor (Elizabeth Taylor's husband-to-be in Father of the Bride) had to step away for a week due to a death in the family, so Phil Karlson was brought in as a temporary replacement.
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William Campbell Dies: Star Trek, Cell Block 2455 Death Row

Actor William Campbell died on April 29 at age 87 of "natural causes" at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills. Though perhaps best-remembered for his roles in two Star Trek episodes, "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "The Squire of Gothos" (doing a Liberace sendup), Campbell appeared in more than 30 features, and nearly 50 television series and movies. On the big screen, Campbell's most notable role was probably as San Quentin inmate Whit Whittier, the "Lovers' Lane Bandit," in Fred F. Sears' Cell 2455 Death Row (1955), a competent if uninspired prison drama based on death-row inmate Caryl Chessman's bestselling autobiography. (Despite worldwide appeals for clemency, Chessman was sent to the gas chamber in 1960.) Had Cell 2455 Death Row been a sleeper hit, Campbell might have become a star (one of his romantic interests in the film, Kathryn Grant, went on to [...]
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Bing Crosby Widow Recovering After Accident

Bing Crosby's widow is recovering from major injuries suffered in a deadly traffic crash in the Sierra Nevada. Kathryn Crosby, 77, was hurt and her husband, Maurice William Sullivan, 85, was killed in the Nov. 4 single-vehicle wreck east of Placerville, California, state Highway Patrol spokesman Dan Stark said Thursday. The former actress, a California resident, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno and has since been discharged. Sullivan was westbound when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a large boulder and rolled many times, ejecting him, Start said. The cause of the crash has not been determined, and an investigation continues. "We may do some follow-up with her (Kathryn Crosby) to determine the events that led up to the accident," Stark said, adding he had no details on her injuries or update on her condition. Kathryn Crosby's family did not return phone calls seeking comment. She and the crooner,
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Bing Crosby's Widow Seriously Injured in Car Crash

Bing Crosby's widow was seriously injured in a car crash in California which killed her second husband in November, according to a new report. Kathryn Crosby and Maurice William Sullivan were traveling just east of Placerville on November 4 when the vehicle left the road, struck a large boulder and rolled over several times.

Sullivan, 85, was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Dan Stark. Former actress Kathryn, 77, was left with major injuries and was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, reports the Associated Press.

Robert Bader, the vice president of marketing and production for Bing Crosby Enterprises, reveals Kathryn is currently "doing well" in hospital. Officials plan to talk to the star to establish the circumstances of the crash.

Stark says, "We may do some follow-up with her to determine the events that led up to the accident.
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'Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage' trailer: Oh, so it's supposed to look kinda bad

'Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage' trailer: Oh, so it's supposed to look kinda bad
The trailer for Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage may have you scratching your head until you realize that it’s an homage to Ray Harryhausen’s Dynamation. Then, you hope that Patrick Stewart, whose voice fills the preview, knows what he’s doing and that this will do Harryhausen, who turned 90 last month, proud. Watch the trailer below, along with a crash course on Dynamation — a combination of “animation, normal human action, and trick photo effects in color” as seen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. (“The out-flung arm of the sleeping princess actually shrinks before your eyes. This effect was
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[DVD Review] Film Noir Classic Collection: Vol. 5

Film Noir Classic Collection: Vol. 5, has dusted off eight films of the celebrated genre and adapted them to DVD format. Collections like these, which bring older films to newer light, are godsends regardless (to a degree) of which films are selected, because as timeless as some of these stories and performances might be, the barrier of being stuck in an old format can bury them forever. And these stories deserve to be told. If you watch a few well made noir thrillers you will no doubt see the seeds that were planted in the heads of crime-thriller filmmakers the likes of Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann. Though there are better films in the noir genre that this collection could have culminated, there are also a lot worse. Any fan of noir films or old mysteries and thrillers will be pleased at what this box set has to offer.

Desperate (1947)

Directed
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Larry Hagman reunites with Mary Crosby in Hollywood

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Who knew J.R. Ewing could be so forgiving?

Of course I’m really talking about actor Larry Hagman who last night at The Magic Castle in Hollywood reunited with Mary Crosby, the actress whose character shot dastardly J.R. Ewingon Dallas back in 1980 in TVs first great cliffhanger.

Photographer Brian Putnam snapped the two together last night after a cabaret performance by Mary’s mother, Kathryn Crosby.

Mary’s father, of course, was Bing Crosby and Kathryn’s show was a tribute to the late, great crooner.

The Who Shot J.R. episode of Dallas was titled A House Divided and was broadcast on March 21, 1980. Viewers had to wait all summer, and most of the autumn because of a Hollywood actors’ strike (and Hagman’s own holdout), to learn whether J.R. would survive, and which of his many enemies was responsible.

Awards News,
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Birthday Suits

Your filmic birthdays for 11/25

1914 Joe Dimaggio, center fielder and Mr. Marilyn Monroe, albeit briefly

1920 Ricardo Montalban "Smiles everyone, smiles." (sniffle)

1933 Kathryn Grant, aka Mrs. Bing Crosby, whose film career was spotted with famous stuff (Rear Window, My Sister Eileen, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad) but less than a decade in length.

1947 Jonathan Kaplan, director of 80s & 90s actresses (Bad Girls, Love Field, The Accused, Heart Like a Wheel) who now only works on TV

1947 Tracey Walter, character actor

1960 JFK Jr., prince of Camelot, dater of actresses, magazine entrepeneur. I loved George back in the day. Remember that?

1965 Dougray Scott, the almost Wolverine (Mi:ii, Enigma, Dark Water)

1984 Gaspard Ulliel, French looker. Also acts.
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Feinstein's Continues 10th Anniversary Season With Return Of Kathryn Crosby 6/15

Feinstein's At Loews Regency, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, continues its 10th Anniversary season with the return of Kathryn Crosby for one night only on Monday, June 15. Mrs. Crosby will perform her autobiographical show, "My Life With Bing," which recounts the story of her relationship with husband and Hollywood legend, Bing Crosby.
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